Known for its stellar loft space and stunning rooftop views, The Burroughes is a unique and popular event space found in the heart of downtown Toronto. Their annual Open House is always a killer party and this year did not disappoint!

This 6,000 square-foot blank canvas space features exposed brick, original hardwood floors, post and beam, and large windows overlooking downtown Toronto. The venue is a versatile space that can be transformed into a dramatic backdrop for any type of event such as social, corporate, exhibitions, weddings and creative events alike. It was certainly a beautiful backdrop to this party!

With delicious bites from some of the city’s finest Caterers, trendy interactive stations and lush floral from Hunt and Gather, guests enjoyed all that this venue had to offer in one night. People were raving all night about the festivities and luckily Olive Photography was there to capture it all.

elle cuisine featured passed canapes and a beautiful station that was a feast for the eyes and belly. Their passed canapes packed a punch, including Jerk Marinated Prawns, Yorkshire Pudding, and Kung Pao Cauliflower. Their interactive station featured two types of Gnocchi – handmade herb-infused Gnocchi with house made Chicken Chorizo Sausage, and handmade Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi with San Marzano Tomato Sauce and house made Ricotta Cheese. Delish!

en Ville Event Design and Catering brought some Asian flair with their Bao Slider Station. Fluffy fresh steamed Mantou Buns were filled with a choice of roasted Pork Belly or Fried Tofu. Accompanied by pickled Carrot Slaw, Hoisin Sauce, Scallion, Silantro, Sichuan Chili Sauce and Bean Sprouts, it was both fun and easy to eat.

Mini bites are always popular at events. Marigolds & Onions had a beautiful display of bite-size treats, including a Smoked Salmon Medelaine and Mini Profiteroles filled with Blueberry, Raspberry and Vanilla Mousse. They were almost too cute to eat!

Did someone say bacon? Encore Catering had fragrant mini bites to feast on. Their Jamon + Date was a crowd favourite, featuring a Bacon-Wrapped Date (so unique!). Guests also got to try a passed Vegetable Pakora with Mint Tamarind Chutney and Raita dipping sauces.

Sometimes when you go to a cocktail reception, you worry there won’t be enough substantial food. But Food Dudes did not disappoint! Their Lobster Queso and BBQ Burgers were a huge hit, especially when grilled to order.

Poke Bowls have taken Toronto by storm, so it would only be appropriate to have a Poke station! Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events set up their own take on a Tuna Poke Bowl station, giving guests an elevated take on a popular, low-key dish.

ProvisionsTO delighted guests with a deconstructed Tortilla bowl with Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs, garnished with Ginger Scallion Slaw, Kimchi and fresh Cucumber. Such a fun take on Asian-fusion!

Presidential Gourmet treated guests to both savoury and sweet dishes. On the savoury side, their Huli Hulli Chicken on Hawaiian Fried Rice: a comforting dish with a nice crunch. For sweets, they showcased an oversized Macaron Petit Gateau with Raspberries and Pineapple Crème Fraiche Ganache.

For those who wanted some greens, Sublime Catering‘s Live Salad Green Station was a fun take on the traditional salad. Harvested live greens were mixed with a wide selection of toppings to create the perfect salad, including Sous Vide Poached Egg, house made Salmon Gravlax, Maple Roasted Pork Belly, and puffed Wild Rice.

Up on the rooftop, Drake Catering offered both food and drink. Their food station featured a vibrant Sweet Potato Crostini with Stracciatella, Persimmon Agrodolce, Raw Asparagus, and Fish Roe. Guests enjoyed a cocktail, featuring ginger beer, whiskey and custom mixed bitters.

Some fantastic prizes were up for grabs, as is custom every year. The prizes were set against a tropical backdrop made up of different types of foliage, perfect for the summer!

Absolutely stunning set up and the prize table by All That Jaz Weddings

No party is complete without live music and great drinks. Magen Boys Entertainment provided the soundtrack for the night, with live musicians on saxophone and electric violin. Over at the bar, Leave It To Us kept guests happy with drinks from Pommies Cider Co. and Ace Hill Beer.

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After all the savoury foods, it was time for dessert. The S’mores station from Double Chocolate Fountain was such a hit with everyone. Interactive food stations where guests have to get involved are always a good idea. And s’mores? A great idea!

Photobooths have definitely had their days at events. But Event Circle continues to push the envelope with booths to come up with fun, interactive stations. Their boomerang booth was like a life-size version of the popular Instagram feature. It was a hoot!

As an event planner (oh hey, that’s me!), I’m always looking for great ideas to bring to my Clients, and this event is always a fantastic jumping off point. Clients are wanting the newest, trendiest and most unique ideas, and seeing them firsthand is amazingly helpful. Speaking of ideas, I loved the string lights and the vibrant colours featured on the sample table by Chair-man Mills.

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I can always count on The Burroughes to put on a great event. With so many tasty treats and and a handful of talented vendors on site (can’t forget about Enduring Promises or Toronto Popcorn), you can be sure that everyone left happy and very full. Until next time!

Ali and Cory’s Rustically Chic Wedding at Cambium Farms


Combining gorgeous organic elements, along with darling DIY details, we couldn’t help but instantly fall in love with Ali and Cory’s beautiful big day! It’s not often that we see a wedding that so perfectly represents the couple — case in point: Ali, a graphic designer, created all the printed pieces herself, including the invites, and Cory, a firefighter, wore his firefighting regalia for the ceremony. Brilliantly shot by A Brit & A Blonde, this couple’s charming wedding at Cambium Farms is truly an affair to remember — you won’t want to miss this one!

The simple-yet-elegant stationery is designed by the bride’s company, Alison Gordon Studio

A beautiful sunny day, surrounded by lush greenery, friends and loved ones, Ali and Cory exchanged their vows and started their lives as husband and wife — we couldn’t imagine anything more picture perfect!

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The couple’s stunning photo session is a blend of rustic and romance, and also bittersweet. The bride’s father had passed away not long before the wedding, and they paid tribute to him by posing with his 1956 baby blue Chevy.

The newlyweds’ barn reception is both chic and cozy. The natural-yet-modern decor by Chair-man Mills, including the tables and chairs, were perfectly paired with organically textured tablecloths, gold accents, beautiful florals from Blush and Bloom, and, of course, the romantic string lighting. Guests were served delicious fare from Cabral Catering and were treated to a gorgeous cake from Nadia and Co.

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Erica and Enho’s Vineyard Wedding at Château des Charmes


Looking for a wedding that radiates tons of romance and easy elegance? Then look no further than Erica and Enho’s big day at the stunning Château des Charmes. Perfectly planned by O Weddings and Events, the couple’s chic celebration was both sweet and super sophisticated. Brilliantly captured by our friend Liza at Mango Studios, you’ll definitely want to Pin this one!

The couple’s beautiful ceremony is accented by romantic rustic details, gorgeous greenery and of course, the breathtaking blue sky.

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Joy-filled moments are captured in the couple’s splendid photo shoot, which is as charming as the vineyards that are used as its background.

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Effortlessly elegant and undeniably romantic sums up the couple’s simple-yet-sophisticated reception. Decked out with string lighting, citrus coloured florals, a chic neutral palette and tasteful rustic accents that paired perfectly with the vineyard’s vibe, the night had little touches of style and sweetness that are hard to ignore. The heavenly cake from Sweet Celebrations deliciously capped off the festivities.

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